An exam question paper for MA History students at Tamil Nadu’s Periyar University has sparked public outrage. The MCQ question asked students to identify the ‘lower caste that belongs to Tamil Nadu’ among the four options of different castes.
Tamil Nadu | 1st-year MA History students of Periyar University in Salem got asked in the exam, “Which one is the lower caste that belongs to Tamil Nadu?” with 4 options mentioning different castes pic.twitter.com/kdJxQrMo5R— ANI (@ANI) July 15, 2022
The question in debate appeared in 1st-year exams for MA History Students under the module ‘Freedom Movement of Tamil Nadu: From 1800 to 1947’.
Reportedly, R Jagannathan, the Vice Chancellor of Periyar University, has said that the matter will be investigated, and reexamination will be considered.
Question papers are not prepared by us. Other University & college lecturers prepare the paper. Usually, to avoid a question paper leak, we don’t read the papers before the exam.
As the news broke out, Twitter began reacting to it. Here’s what people have to say about the controversial question paper.
Is it in that SUBJECT's given LESSON for the academic year ?. If YES, debate & discussion must takes place on that. Question Paper Setter strictly goes by given SYLLABUS only. What about previous Examinations' questions setting for that SUBJECT, in that UNIVERSITY ? Probe.— Siva Subrahmanyàm (@siva786999_kv) July 15, 2022
This is so unfortunate and a slap on the face of those who say that “tHeRe izz nO cAsTe nOW in 2022.” https://t.co/CXGBy6Wrvs— Chaitanya Singh (@chaitanyaasingh) July 15, 2022
No surprise caste is still talked in Periyar University, but this statement by VC “Question papers are not prepared by us” is not acceptable— Mastram (@CupidClown69) July 15, 2022
It could be true the paper was prepared by others but how would the same be put forward for examination without themselves examining first
The stark divisive reality of classist elitist feudal dynastic enterprise that ad nauseam lecture of rights, justice, equality… but fail the very objectives they advocatw for.— Dr. Suchitra Raghavachari (@DrSRaghavachari) July 15, 2022
The faux SJW irrational gps thrive of divisive vote bank. https://t.co/9iw8RKR1cT
Pathetic question, promoting some ideology instead of awareness of bad effects of mideval caste system .”on our society https://t.co/gvqissLssZ— Kaul Sahab🦖 (@vinay82kaul) July 15, 2022
Its pity, the adminstrative and seniors must look into the matter. Atleast it’s expected form the institutions that ensures everyone get rid of these stupidity. https://t.co/s9z88lp1Zm— Harsh Kumar (@HarshKu11586693) July 15, 2022
imagine the syllabus from where they ask such questions.. https://t.co/xASLaaBMxe— 🦁 (@AndColorPockeT) July 15, 2022
Also don’t they stop asking years in questions.. sad students are still examined on these grounds.. https://t.co/TxmubYbHiW— tosparkee (@tosparkee) July 15, 2022
What type of paper setters and examiners r selected by Universities! It reflects upon the level of commonsense, talent and quality of teachers and so called educationists throughout India!— Kainthola (@KCSharma20637) July 15, 2022
This is not the first time that a question paper has sparked controversy. Just last month, an Ayurveda exam paper asking students to explain women as a sexual item received a lot of public backlash.
EVERYONE PLZ see this theory question— TheLiverDoc (@theliverdr) June 16, 2022
asked for Final Year Bachelor’s in Ayurveda degree
Question is write short essay on
“Woman as an Aphrodisiac item”
In the next tweets, I will show the textbook which students of Ayurveda are made to study and the answer to this question… pic.twitter.com/jTsz7DVzIw
How does one study Ayurveda/homeopathy with such regressive and baseless information printed on their textbooks?— Arjun (@drArjun2510) June 17, 2022
It’s high time that these pseudoscience (or rather, bulls**t) teachings are regulated
Lol….the text is a joke….no wonder they want lateral entry into modern medicine and prescribe modern medicine drugs— Daniel Rao (blue tick) (@danielrao007) June 16, 2022
Also what is written about a man without progeny. Not liked!! Fruitless treee!!!!! This is bonkersss!!! What the helll!!!— raveenkaur (@iraveenkaur1) June 16, 2022